I was at PAW Gov in Washington D.C. on September 12th and 13th and it was just great! Let’s start with the people. It was a pleasure for me to meet so many data mining experts. That was one great aspect of this PAW conference: experts are very accessible compared to other events. I had the opportunity to meet great people like Dean Abbott (Abbott Analytics), John Elder (Elder Research, co-author of the book Statistical Analysis and Data Mining), Eric Siegel (PAW Gov conference chair), Antonia de Medinaceli (Elder Research) and many more!
Continuing with the presentations, the focus was on fraud detection with other interesting topics such as tax evasion, crime analytics and postal applications. To be noted also keynotes by Earl E. Devaney and Congressman Darrell Issa.
I think PAW Gov was successful thanks to the following factors: many experts, exciting topics, unique track, narrow place (and thus friendly discussions during breaks). My only recommendation for next year is to have a few more technical presentations. However, the event was clearly successful and I recommend it without any hesitation!